"How are BeaconOutlets different from, for example, Estimote or Kontakt.io beacons?" "What is the result of BeaconOutlets vs. Others?" All will be revealed. We're glad you're here.
At BeaconGrid, we're asked that question at least once a week(June 2017 edit, a lot more than once a week), so we put together a few thoughts.
Tl;dr: over 95% of beacon companies manufacture battery-powered beacons. We do not. There are some major benefits to this. Pricing is a one of them.
Our patented beacons (BeaconOutlets) are AC-powered, resulting in some significant advantages.
(1) Remote Management
BeaconOutlets integrate WiFi for zero-touch management and configuration. They're able to automatically update their settings direcly from a cloud. You can manage those settings from anywhere in the world. BeaconOutlets are also monitored 24x7. And you may elect to receive an email or text if a beacon goes offline.
Battery-powered beacons lack WiFi; they cannot communicate directly to a cloud. To manage beacon settings, you must use a smartphone that is physically next to each beacon. The smartphone then becomes the carrier to send information between the cloud and the beacon. In other words, no smartphone next to beacon = no communication with beacon. This becomes a nightmare for larger (>20) beacon deployments.
BeaconOutlets broadcast BLE signals in nonconnectable mode only. This prevents other Bluetooth devices from maliciously connecting to your beacon.
Battery-powered beacons, however, almost always broadcast in a connectable mode. This opens up the possibility for unauthorized devices to connect to your beacon with malicious intent.Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]